Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Shared Future Livelihoods Senior Project Officer

Job Overview

Job Title: Livelihoods Senior Project Officer Reports to:  Shared Future Project Director
Department:  Shared Future Salary Grade: 8

 

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

 

About Shared Future

Enabling Durable Solutions for a Cohesive and Diverse Kirkuk and Ninewa Plains, or by its shorter name Shared Future, is a 7.25-year project launched in June 2018. In Phase I and II, the project implemented social cohesion and livelihoods programing, to support families returning to the Ninewa Plains with durable returns, after years of displacement caused by the rise and fall of the Islamic State (IS).

 

Job Summary:

The Livelihoods Senior Project Officer (SPO) is responsible for the implementation of the livelihood’s component of the USAID -funded Shared Future project that supports diverse conflict-affected emerging adults in the Ninewa Plains achieve productive livelihoods. The SPO will support an established livelihoods program that focuses on building youth entrepreneurship and employment skills and be responsible for providing management and technical support to CRS’ implementing partner, the Iraqi Al-Amal Association.

 

As a lead for the Shared Future project team, you will facilitate the achievement of project objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project activities and providing technical guidance and advice to staff and implementing partner(s) advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your coordination and relationship management skills will ensure that the project for which you are responsible applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

 

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize and lead the implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Coordinate and oversee working relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact.
  • Supervise and perform ad-hoc inspections of various processes and resources at project sites to ensure timely project activities implementation and adherence to established process standards and procedures. Ensure proper tracking of resource use for project activities through periodic budget reviews and follow-up with and assistance to implementing partner.
  • Support and coordinate capacity building and technical support activities to ensure assigned project activities are implemented per project guidelines and standards.
  • Coordinate provision of any logistical and administrative support to staff and partners.
  • Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices

 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Degree in International Relations or in the field of Livelihoods would be a plus.
  • Minimum of 4 years of work experience in project support, ideally in the field of Livelihoods and for an NGO.
  • Additional experience may substitute for some education.

 

Required Languages – Spoken and written English and Arabic fluency is required. Knowledge of Shabaki, Turkmen, or Kurdish is a plus.

 

Travel – The position is based in Erbil, Dohuk or Mosul with up to 50% travel to project sites in Ninewa, as allowed by local and national health regulations. Minimal regional and international travel for training or project activities, as needed. Must be willing and able to travel domestically up to 50%.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Staff supervision experience a plus.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

 

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

 

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

 

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Project Director; MEAL Manager; MEAL Project Officer, MEAL Field Officer; MEAL & PQ Coordination; Head of Programming; Procurement and Finance staff

 

External: : Iraqi Al-Amal Association; other operational partners and colleague organizations; local government; UN agencies and Livelihoods Cluster leads

 

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

 

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

 

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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